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Average Water Bills in the Sutherland Shire, Illawarra and Shoalhaven

 

Average annual water bill in Sutherland Shire and Illawarra

$1076

Average annual water bill in Shoalhaven

$1132

With the state’s dam levels plunging for the past year and the South Coast now facing formal restrictions, we need to focus on our consumption of water resources. How much do we use and what do we really pay?

Although water catchment supplies for the Shoalhaven (Shoalhaven Water) and Sutherland Shire, and Illawarra (Sydney Water) regions are diminishing, the everyday reality is that water is vital for cleaning homes, for gardening and for washing the dog, your clothes and yourself.

The more water your household consumes, the bigger your bill from Shoalhaven Water or from Sydney Water. You can cut back on consumption, but there will still be some fixed charges to pay, so it’s important to understand the bill from your water authority.

Typically, each residence receives a Shoalhaven Water or Sydney Water bill quarterly, based on the metre readings that are taken every three months. The bill covers three main charges for residential metred properties: the usage-based water consumption charge; the fixed water service availability charge; and the fixed wastewater (sewage) service availability charge.

Pensioners pay a lower amount due to the pensioner rebate, as do owners of vacant lots, as they pay no water usage charges.

Water Consumption Charge

The water consumption volumetric user charge is levied for each kilolitre (1,000 litres) of water used and is based on the reading from a property’s water meter. This fee is charged after the water is used, unlike the water service availability charge. The water consumption charge is a single amount per kilolitre. This price is for metred properties and is the same for both single-family homes and apartments or flats.  

  • The current drinking water usage charge for the Shoalhaven area (Shoalhaven Water) is $1.70 per kL, for metred properties in 2018/2019.
  • The current drinking water usage charge for the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra area (Sydney Water) is $2.08 per kL, for metred properties in 2018/2019.

Water Service Fixed Availability Charge

This fixed annual fee (levied as a quarterly amount at the time of meter reading) is for the connection, or ability to connect, to the drinking water supply. All residential properties are levied a water service fixed availability charge, typically based on a 20mm connection and the same for both single-family homes and apartments or flats.

  • The 2018/19 base water service charge for residences in the Shoalhaven area (Shoalhaven Water) is $82.00 per year.
  • The 2018/19 base water service charge for residences in the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra area (Sydney Water) is $80.76 per year.

Wastewater service (sewer service) fixed availability charge:

This fixed annual fee (levied as a quarterly amount at the time of water meter reading together with the water charges if applicable) is for the connection, or ability to connect, to the wastewater distribution system. All residential properties are levied a wastewater fixed availability charge generally based on a 20mm service and the same for both single-family homes and apartments or flats.

  • The annual sewer service charge for the Shoalhaven area (Shoalhaven Water) residences for 2018/19 is set at $848 per year.
  • The annual sewer service charge for Sutherland Shire and Illawarra area (Sydney Water) residences for 2018/9 is set at $607.52 per year.

A Typical Water Bill in Shoalhaven, Illawarra or Sutherland Shire

The NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report compares prices across different water authorities and provides a Typical Residential Bill (TRB). This is the annual bill paid by a residential customer using the utility’s average annual residential water supplied. It is the principal indicator of the overall cost of a water supply or sewerage system.

As a guide, the average annual residential water consumption for Shoalhaven households in 2016/2017 was 150 kilolitres. A typical residential Shoalhaven Water bill that year was $337 for household water supply services and $795 for sewerage, totalling $1132.

As a guide, the average annual residential water consumption for Sutherland Shire and Illawarra households (Sydney Water) in 2016/2017was 201 kilolitres. A typical residential Sydney Water bill that year was $492 for household water supply services and $584 for sewerage, totalling $1076.

 

Comparisons of Typical Residential Bills

Based on figures from the 2016/2017 NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report:

2016/2017 Typical Residential Bill: Shoalhaven  Water Residences Mean Sutherland Shire, Illawarra (Sydney  Water) Residences Mean NSW Residences Mean
Water supply (fixed charge plus  average usage) $337 $795 $625
Sewerage (fixed charge) $492 $584 $718
TOTAL BILL $1132 $1076 $1343

 

Water Wise Rules

The Shoalhaven Water and Sydney Water websites have information on the latest water-wise rules and recommendations. For more tips on what you can do, see our articles on conserving water around the home and other water-wise tips

 

Check Your Plumbing

We don’t know what we the year ahead will hold but it is likely that the reactivation of Sydney’s desalination plant in Kurnell will lead to a price hike for Sydney Water users.

Something you can control is water leakages in your property. Get in touch with us today to request a professional inspection of your plumbing system to ensure you are not spending too much on your water bills.

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